I was listening to a 1949 radio show called Dragnet. It's pretty funny. When a family returned from a long vacation they found their furniture had all been taken. The investigating police officers called the Salvation Army to help the family out. A massive police effort was initiated to catch the burglars.
1. Police today would probably not bother much with a burglary.
2. The police today would not call the Salvation Army. They would tell the family to contact a welfare office, if they showed up at all.
A change in police priorities is just one elements in a profoundly altered economy.
This current economic system, where kids pay sales tax on the purchase of a bag of candy, and cities pay sales tax when they build a bridge (and scholarships are considered income for federal tax purposes, meaning the Ivy League can award scholarships to minorities, making their award numbers look good, but those same people cannot attend for inability to pay the taxes).
All this detail, and the microloans of ex nihilo credit to the indigent via EBT cards, depends on computers, in other words the silicon revolution.
Let us imagine that the capitalist demagogues finally lose their mass appeal in the face of repeated broken promises. Let us assume there will be a temporary return to bland, reliable, everyday political hucksters, as this so-called cycle of ‘outsiders’ gets played out. The mass discontent will not go away. As the economic crisis and inequalities grow, extra-parliamentary public outbursts will are inevitable. With them, fear and uncertainty among bankers, speculators and billionaire electronic gadget makers will set in. The much ballyhooed ’silicon architecture’ will crumble like sandcastles.Silica is just another word for sand. Our economic system is built on sand. Don't say you weren't warned.
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